The know zone
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- Paws for thought
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- Speed-date for inspections?
Under the present Ofsted inspection system, schools that are rated ‘good’ only have to undergo a shorter day-long Ofsted inspection every three years. What are your views on this? What is your experience of short inspections? How well do you think they work? Here, ASCL members share their views. More
- Free resources to promote careers
Focus on… National Careers Week 2017 More
- Identifying children struggling to understand the written word
It is easy to overlook, in any battery of statistics, the different patterns that lie behind the main conclusion. More
- Leaders’ surgery
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- Generating income
At a time when school budgets are under serious pressure and with some schools already hitting a financial ‘brick wall’, Business Leadership Specialist Val Andrew looks at ways in which schools could generate income to ease the burden. More
- Close to the edge
Small primary schools are facing a bleak financial future unless the government intervenes, says Julie McCulloch. More
- Retiring thoughts
Planning for retirement is something that many of us put off until we are almost at the age of retirement. Pensions Specialist Stephen Casey says it’s important that members prepare well in advance to avoid any nasty shocks. More
Focus on… National Careers Week 2017
Free resources to promote careers
Ready-made resources are on offer to help schools promote National Careers Week and highlight to young people a range of opportunities in the world of work.
What happens in National Careers Week?
National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.
Supported by RBS Early Careers, Careers Week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. During National Careers Week, we encourage every school, academy and college to offer careers advice and guidance to their students. We are here to help and can provide free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities and events to run.
When is it?
NCW 2017 takes place from 6 to 10 March. While the week itself provides a focus, the ambition is to make every week careers week.
How does it link to the curriculum?
Employers regularly report that young people are ill-prepared for employment, so it’s our job as educators to engage with industry to help prepare them for what lies beyond the school gates. To be effective, though, this engagement needs support from the top. Our guide to National Careers Week is packed with advice on embedding Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in the curriculum for all levels of staff, from senior leaders to classroom teachers.
At a time of high youth unemployment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education. NCW is your platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter the world of work.
How can schools and colleges get involved?
Last year services provided to students during NCW included daily drop-in workshops, careers fairs, employer visits, focus on subject-relevant careers in lessons and showing careers films. It really is up to schools and colleges to do what works for them and the sectors in their area.
Who should I talk to?
At a regional and local level, NCW is supported by a network of ambassadors, each passionate about careers and able to suggest activities, provide support and celebrate with those in their area. To get in touch with your local ambassador or to become an ambassador yourself and share your passion, go to http://nationalcareersweek.com/careers-ambassadors
In the lead up to NCW, a host of free resources courtesy of our sponsors, contributors and ambassadors will be available to download, giving you straightforward ideas for how to bring careers into the classroom.